It baffles me why these aren't the most highly sort after Australian wines by the plethora of wine cronies around the country. Where are all the Luke Lambert groupies???
I feel Luke Lambert is a new world man with an old world mind. He is far from outspoken, he rarely steps into the public forum and above all, he produces savoury, structured, elegant and unique wines that speak volumes. This is far from the norm in the Australian wine industry.
These traits may account for why his rise to greatness has been slower than others. When Luke started producing wines in the early 2000s, Australia was plagued by rich, viscous, high-octane, heavily oaked and heavily extracted wines. Most of the talk was about South Australian "ball-busters" (for lack of a better word) and with the drought years (hot vintages) ahead, it was difficult for a young winemaker producing elegant yet complex wines to find their feet.
Since then, Australian wine has taken a turn towards the obscure and fascinating. We...